In the eyes of Jim Harbaugh, there is no way the San Francisco 49ers should have ended their final drive of Super Bowl XLVII with a Colin Kaerpernick pass that sailed out of bounds on fourth-and-goal. Jimmy Smith and Michael Crabtree were tangled up in the end zone on that play, and Harbaugh firmly believes his receiver was held.
Contact was clearly made on the play, as Smith locked up with Crabtree's arms. However, the officials let it slide, ultimately ending the 49ers hopes of winning a sixth Super Bowl title. Harbaugh spoke about the no-call after the game, outwardly disgruntled about what transpired.
"There was no question in my mind there was a hold on Crabtree on that last one," Harbaugh said. "In my opinion, I thought that the drive should have continued."
Fans and critics were quick to point out the alleged no-call from the NFC Championship, when Roddy White and NaVorro Bowman made contact prior to a pass from Matt Ryan on fourth down. Did Harbaugh's team get away with one as well?
If a flag had been thrown on Smith, the 49ers basically would have been handed a touchdown, barring a monumental stop by the Ravens defense. Harbaugh can say whatever he wants, but at the end of the day, Baltimore walked away with the Lombardi Trophy.